Blog: Selection Reflection
by: Adam Lee
Author Jason Silva once said, “Technology is, of course, a double-edged sword. Fire can cook our food but also burn us.” Every day technology grows more and more advanced. When you think back just thirty or twenty years ago, the internet hadn’t taken off and the most common phone was still something attached to your wall with your wire. Today, almost every single person is walking around with what would be considered one hundred super computers in their pockets. However, even with all that power, people are still more trapped than ever. After watching the YouTube video, “The Problem with Our Phones,” I started thinking differently about how phones affect people and humans as a whole.
In the video, they talk about how our phones have stopped people from thinking freely. They make the point that when people use their phones, they are denying themselves the opportunity to freely think. It almost seems intentional that people don’t want to think to themselves anymore. After hearing that a couple months ago, I realized that I do this too. In fact, one of my favorite things is taking showers because it’s just a place where I can have deep uninterrupted thought. When I shower, I make sure not to bring my phone or a speaker and just let my mind go free. I realized I restricted myself because my phone was an easy escape from myself. Growing up with this technology has bred a generation of people who generally fear their own inner dialogue. Because people lack the experience to deal with one’s thoughts, they do not know how to handle emotions like fear, sadness, and being uncomfortable. Whether it is turning on Netflix to forget about the pressures of life, checking snapchat to feel like you’re not alone, or pulling your phone out when your hanging with a group of people because the conversation has fell flat. I’ve realized that technology has become a crutch.
People are trapped in a glass box called their phones. Reflecting upon this video has made me realize to take in more of the world, as cheesy as that may sound. I want to learn to embrace the world more and gain new and real experiences. I hope everyone reading this can relate to what I’ve said and will think about how their phone affects their life.
In the article by, Mayank K, they discuss Artificial Intelligence and the role it will play in the modern world. It discusses jobs and how AI will impact the current job market.
“As opposed to the fear of machines taking over jobs, AI and robotics are instead poised to create new and more exciting job role”
This article works to ease the mind of readers who worry about all the downsides of AI while informing about the benefits. It is a good read for people to stay informed about the changing job market.
In this web-page by SAS, they discuss what AI is and the history of AI. It is an informative piece about AI and how machine learning works.
“Every industry has a high demand for AI capabilities — especially question answering systems that can be used for legal assistance, patent searches, risk notification and medical research.”
The page details what Artificial Intelligence is, how it works, and where you will find it. It is surprising to learn all about AI and anybody looking to learn more about AI should read this.
In the article, “Will Artificial Intelligence Enhance or Hack Humanity?” by Nicholas Thompson, Nicholas interviews Fei-Fei Li, one of the pioneers int the field of artificial intelligence, and Yuval Noah Harari, the author of three best-selling books about the history and future of our species. They talk about the future of AI and how it fits into our society from a philosophical view.
“We are not just in a technological crisis. We are in a philosophical crisis.”
In this talk they outline three things regarding humanity and AI. Where we are, the things we need to decide now, and advice for everyone. Crucial questions are brought up in this talk like the ethics of programming intelligence and how multiple AI will serve in the world. Many points are brought up between the two experts and it all very thought provoking.
In a story from the American Chemical Society, they discuss challenges facing artificial intelligence and how one could replicate all the synapses and simulate an actual brain.
“To develop artificial intelligence systems that better mimic human learning, cognition and image recognition, researchers are imitating synapses in the lab with electronic components.”
The article discusses a lot about the science behind actually programming life into the world. Many things I hadn’t thought about were discussed for example, considering how much goes on in your brain, how can you transfer all those signals and interactions to an artificial structure.
In this article from the New York Times, Marc Rotenberg responds to another article stating that the progress of governmental regulation of AI is going too slowly
“The United States must work with other democratic countries to establish red lines for certain A.I. applications and ensure fairness, accountability and transparency as A.I. systems are deployed.”
The article states that even though we have made some progress acknowledging A.I. coming into the scene, it isn’t enough. He believes countries should draw a hard line with what should and shouldn’t be allowed with AI.